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Posted - 10 Feb 2012 :  19:09:45  Show Profile
In 2003, I produced the booklet "Angmering - Reminiscences of bygone days" for The Angmering Society. In it, I included a few extracts from a series of letters that Mrs Grace O'Neill (née Hammond) sent to her sister-in-law, Mrs Celia Hammond, in Angmering between 1986 and 1988 in which she recalled her memories of growing up in Angmering in the early part of the 20th century. Grace emigrated to Canada in 1929 and I do not think she returned again to England after 1933.

It would have been impossible to include all the memories in the "Reminiscences" booklet and some would not have been entirely appropriate as they were rather family specific. However, on reviewing the letters, I believe they do provide interesting reading for those seeking to find out how Angmering has developed in the last 90-100 years and they also illustrate social attitudes of the time. It seems rather indulgent to file these wonderful memories away in a folder rather than share them with those who may enjoy them and find them enlightening.

You can read these charming letters at:

They also contain a bit of scandal about the then Rector!!!

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Posted - 17 Feb 2012 :  21:13:10  Show Profile

What a fascinating article, thank you Neil. I've been 26 years in Angmering and 16 years living in the High Street, many of the family names are still around here.

We certainly need to take care of this charming village with its quaint old houses and not submerge it beneath more and more buildings.

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